Have you got two hours or more free during this year’s Whitsun Bank Holiday BrixFest (Saturday May 27th to Tuesday May 30th)?
If so, you could volunteer to help to make Brixham’s free family festival the best yet – and have lots of fun doing so.
There are many ways you could help, such as manning the tombola stall or information tent, fundraising, making sure pedestrians don’t wander out onto the road, carrying a collecting box or helping with the crabbing and other competitions and events.
The timetable is broken into two-hourly slots so volunteers can commit to as many or as few hours as they wish, clustered in one day or spread across the entire weekend.
Sue and Roy Taniguchi have been BrixFest volunteers since they returned from the USA to Sue’s family’s home town of Brixham four years ago.
“A couple of years ago Roy cooked at the BrixFest barbeque, we’ve both worked on the tombola and until last year when I moved over to be treasurer for Brixham Museum instead, I was BrixFest’s treasurer,” says Sue. “I have always been interested in helping people. I like to get out and mix, it’s better than sitting at home vegetating.”
And the Taniguchi’s are the owners of BrixFest’s most loveable fundraiser Bailey the Golden Retriever. “We’ve taken Bailey out collecting money for BrixFest two years running.
He wears BrixFest collection back packs and he’s cute, approachable and loves kids, so the children come up and pet him and want to put money in the packs.
He gets about eight times as much in his collecting box as I get in mine – but then I guess I’m not as cute!” Sue admits.
But BrixFest’s youngest fundraisers Alice and Jude Skilton are every bit as popular and successful as Bailey, which proves you’re never too young (or too old) to help out. “One of the many things our children love about Brixfest is helping out,” says their mum Katie Skilton. “It has become a real family event where we enjoy the atmosphere and help out as much as possible.
Jude and Alice love to put on the official Brixfest vest and help raise money for this fantastic event.”
Karen Reading says: “Volunteering for Brixfest has helped me to integrate into the community and give something back to a place which has become my home and to the people who have become my friends.”
John Reading adds: “It’s exciting to be involved in an award-winning free event which highlights Brixham and introduced me to wonderful new friends who have become like family.”
“Although many people sign up to help year after year, as the festival has expanded, more are needed,” says Sophie Bower, BrixFest chairman. “BrixFest volunteers are the best bunch imaginable, they muck in and they aren’t afraid to enjoy themselves and help everyone else have fun too.”
If you want to become part of BrixFest 2017, pop into Millie and Me café in King Street, call Sophie on 01803 858488, or email email@example.comFollow